But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Monday, 18 September 2017 23:08

Getting Inside the Brain of a Prophet

The Atlantic has an interesting article and interview with James Kugel here concerning his most recent book, The Great Shift: Encountering God in Biblical Times. The book apparently tries to understand how prophets might have received their revelations by looking at socio-cultural perceptions of...

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Written by BibleX
Monday, 18 September 2017 23:00

Lack of zeal?

If you lack zeal for the lost, it may be that you have never seen that your own sin makes you worthy of death and damnation. We have been justly hung over the valley of the shadow of death, with no hope outside of the mercy of God. This is why it is so beneficial to go through the Ten Commandments....

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Monday, 18 September 2017 22:19

3GT Episode 53: Plants Pillars

In this episode, 3GT becomes 3DT – Three Dads Theologizing!

For Aaron read Psalm 144 and, boy, is he full of questions! First, he wants to know why daughters are described as palace pillars and sons as productive plants in Psalm 144. Then he wants to know how to raise them this way. Then he...

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Written by Barry York
Monday, 18 September 2017 22:13

The Nonsense of “Christians Shouldn’t Judge”

One of the most misleading statements infiltrating much of the Christian Church these days is the statement that "Christians shouldn't judge." This misrepresentation of God's Word has been used to excuse sinful behavior and render us ineffective in living lives of holiness and sharing the gospel...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Monday, 18 September 2017 22:00

One Page at a Time

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The best way to read a book is one page at a time. Sure, if you’ve been through grad school or seminary or a PhD in the humanities, you know there are many different ways to read. But if you want to read a good book with an intricate plotline and a meaningful ending, the … More One...

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Written by Gunner
Monday, 18 September 2017 22:00

Hell Is Not Separation From God

Unquestionably, irresponsible speculation about hell on both sides of the debate have made the discussion considerably more difficult. Whether it is vivid descriptions of Dante’s Inferno or revivalist “hellfire and brimstone” sermons, the impression is too often given...

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Written by Staff
Monday, 18 September 2017 21:39

What I Learned About Ministry Came From Football (Part I)

Football is BACK! I love this time of year. In some ways no better time exists: the soon-coming cooler temps, the excitement of a new school year, and the many new faces both in my classes at SEBTS and at Read More ...

Authors: Alvin Reid...

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Written by Alvin Reid
Monday, 18 September 2017 21:22

What Are You Waiting For?

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One of the downsides of living in the technological age is that we are constantly overwhelmed with what we allow to stream into our minds and hearts from our newsfeeds, social media debates, conversations about world affairs, social agendas, personal opinions and every sort of religious and...

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Written by The Christward Collective
Monday, 18 September 2017 21:19

Logic and Obligations

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Jason Lisle argues that we have a moral obligation to be logical: "Thinking rightly is not optional... It is something God requires of us." His argument is as follows:
To think logically is to think – in a sense – like God thinks. And, by definition, to be logical is to reason...

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Written by Ben Holloway
Monday, 18 September 2017 21:00

5 Earth-Shattering Events Linked to the Bible

image The Bible stands in a category of its own in terms of its impact, influence, and shaping of history. Sean traces 5 earth-shattering events tied to the Bible.

Authors: Sean McDowell...

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Written by Sean McDowell
Monday, 18 September 2017 21:00

The Order and Causes of Salvation and Damnation: An Infographic

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Though the name Visual Theology may be new, the idea is not. In fact, all the way back in the seventeenth century John Bunyan produced an incredible work of visual theology titled “A Map Shewing the Order and Causes of Salvation and Damnation.” In a pair of side-by-side timelines he...

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Written by Tim Challies
Monday, 18 September 2017 21:00

7 Good Reasons to Leave a Church

September 19, 2017 by: Brett McCrackenimage

Discerning the Good from the Bad

In our consumer society, where prevailing wisdom says we should be loyal to products or brands only insofar as our needs and tastes are satisfied, it can be easy for churchgoers to have a very low threshold for leaving a...

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Written by Brett McCracken
Monday, 18 September 2017 21:00

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September 19, 2017 by: Crosswayimage

Honoring Our Pastors

October is Pastor Appreciation Month—a great opportunity to express our affection, respect, and gratitude for spiritual leaders in the church. Pastors and elders bear a heavy load, entrusted with “shepherding the flock”...

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Written by Crossway
Monday, 18 September 2017 21:00

How to deal with a church disrupter

He is almost in every church.

In fact, the “he” may be a “she,” but I’ll use the masculine pronoun for simplicity.

He is the church disrupter. Unlike church bullies, the disrupter rarely attacks leaders directly. He is good about stirring up dissension, but he seems to...

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Written by Thom Rainer
Monday, 18 September 2017 20:51

Bible Contradictions Explained: 4 Reasons the Gospels “Disagree”

The story of Jesus stands or falls on the trustworthiness of the Gospels. That’s why skeptics pay so much attention to the Gospels’ apparent contradictions. Christianity’s critics cast doubt on the New Testament’s reliability by pointing out disparities in the Gospels. This...

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Written by ZA Blog
Monday, 18 September 2017 20:28

Is God Judging America?

image I hear there is another hurricane brewing in the Atlantic.

That means there will also be another bevy of voices pronouncing God’s judgment on this sinful nation. It happens every time there’s a hurricane, tornado, earthquake, snowpocalypse, or any other natural or man-made disaster....

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Written by Dave Miller
Monday, 18 September 2017 20:09

Truett McConnell University Ranks #2 in the South for Lowest Student Debt  

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Truett McConnell University ranks #2 in the South for lowest student debt according to the latest issue of U.S. News and World Report magazine. TMC/Special

By Jenny Gregory

CLEVELAND – According to the U.S. News & World Report’s (USN&WR) 2018 Best Colleges list, Truett McConnell...

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Written by Truett McConnell University
Monday, 18 September 2017 20:00

More Dinosaur Soft Tissue Finds in 2017

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Evolutionist Dr. Mary Schweitzer shocked the world in 2005 when she discovered soft tissue, including blood vessels and red blood cells, in a supposedly millions-of-years-old T-rex femur. Hers was the first popular discovery of many to come. Soft tissue is now cropping up in a broad variety of...

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Written by Ken Ham
Monday, 18 September 2017 20:00

You’re Not Awesome…and You Know It

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We don't need more self esteem. We need more Christ esteem.

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Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Monday, 18 September 2017 20:00

A Pastor's Reflections: Cruciform Ministry and Sacrifice

One of the more prominent words in the Scriptures is sacrifice. It appears throughout the Old Testament and in the instructions for the temple priestly service, but it also appears in the New Testament.

Authors: Valiant for Truth Blog...

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Written by Valiant for Truth Blog
Monday, 18 September 2017 20:00

It Can Get Under Your Skin

Meet Euhaplorchis californiensis. This little bug is a parasite that lives in salt-water marshes in southern California. It is a strange little bug.This thing, as it turns out, lives in three different hosts. Try to follow this. The eggs of this parasite arrive in pools of water in shorebird (host...

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Written by Winging It
Monday, 18 September 2017 20:00

Ten Easy Ways to Start Meaningful Dialogue

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Twice in the past week I’ve been asked how to start conversations about spiritual matters with non-believers, so it looks like this has been on people’s minds! The article below was written by Steve Wagner (formerly of Stand to Reason, now executive director of the pro-life organization...

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Written by Amy K. Hall
Monday, 18 September 2017 19:57

A La Carte (September 19)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a few titles by John MacArthur as well as a few by other authors.

Yesterday Keith and Kristyn Getty kicked off their first Sing! conference. You can watch it for free via livestream if you’re so inclined.

Rejecting The Weekly Verdict

While this article applies...

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Written by Tim Challies
Monday, 18 September 2017 19:57

Was Achsah's request too bold? Featured

You do not have, because you do not ask. (James 4:2b)So if you who are evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him! (Luke 11:13)The second scripture above from Luke is a story Jesus delivered just after...

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Written by The End Time
Monday, 18 September 2017 19:03

Reading the Rule of St. Benedict for Today

Written by: Justin Taylor

image The Rule of St. Benedict (regula Benedicti) was written by Benedict (c. AD 480-547) as a rule for communal life under the order of an abbot (the head of the abbey).

For fifteen centuries, it has served as a leading guide for balanced monastic living. And these days,...

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Written by Justin Taylor
Monday, 18 September 2017 19:00

Prices Mean You Don’t Have to Know How to Grow Kale

Kale was once a lowly green that we fed to guinea pigs or used as disposable garnish on a platter.

Now it’s a “superfood” being chopped, pureed, and roasted into salads, smoothies, and chips. What do you think happened to the price of kale as a result of this transformation?

You...

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Written by Dr. Anne Bradley
Monday, 18 September 2017 19:00

Fear of God Devotional: Repentance for a Person Deeply Embedded In Sin

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How does a person who is trapped in sin repent and fight against that particular sin?

Dennis Gunderson explains in this video that if a person is trapped in a life of sin and does not know how to repent and to conquer a particular sin, they need to first recognize that repentance is going to be a...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Monday, 18 September 2017 19:00

#BlackLivesMatter (6): An Evangelical Evaluation of BLM

The emergence of BLM provides a reminder for God’s people to reflect upon our nation’s historic race-related sins and injustices. After all, black lives do matter. And to our shame black individuals and communities often have been treated unjustly, unequally, and without the dignity and...

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Written by Bruce Ashford
Monday, 18 September 2017 19:00

Interview: Justin Peters

I recently had the privilege to connect with Justin Peters for a short interview regarding his conversion, ministry focus, and thoughts on the prosperity (Word-Faith) movement.  You can hear the full interview below and you can find out more about Justin Peters and his ministry by visiting Just...

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Written by Josh Buice
Monday, 18 September 2017 19:00

Knowledge without Zeal

Here's an excerpt from Knowledge without Zeal, Joshua S. Buice's contribution to the September issue of Tabletalk:

If you love to gain knowledge about God, but you lack a proper zeal to serve God, you must examine yourself to see if you are in the faith. We must remember the warning of...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Monday, 18 September 2017 18:47

Did the Disciples Hallucinate the Resurrection Appearances of Jesus? (Video)

J. Warner Wallace responds to a common objection to the Resurrection of Jesus: The disciples of Jesus, based on their despair and desire to see Jesus after His execution, simply hallucinated their visions of His resurrection. Is it reasonable to believe that the Resurrection appearances were...

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Written by jwallace
Monday, 18 September 2017 18:01

Jury Duty and Judgment Day Featured

image One of the greatest days of my life was when I was summoned for jury duty. You heard me right, it was absolutely exhilarating. So far, I’ve only had the pleasure of being summoned once, but ever since then, I’ve been on pins and needles until the next time.

I still remember walking into...

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Written by Jordan Standridge
Monday, 18 September 2017 18:00

Holy Living is not an Accident

September 19, 2017
A true and faithful Christian does not make holy living an accidental thing. It is his great concern. As the business of the soldier is to fight, so the business of the Christian is to be like Christ. --Jonathan Edwards (October 5, 1703 – March...

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Written by TBC Staff - EN
Monday, 18 September 2017 18:00

Nuggets from An Urgent Call to a Serious Faith—The Millennium Is Not the Eternal Kingdom

September 19, 2017
Peace cannot be achieved personally until the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ, reigns in our hearts. And peace on this earth will not be seen until the King of kings comes to reign. But...

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Written by TBC Staff - CR
Monday, 18 September 2017 18:00

How to Pray When You Don’t Feel Like It

My daughter just turned two, and for her birthday, my wife and I got her a balance bike, a small two-wheeled red bike without pedals that require her to develop her balance as she scoots around slowly with her feet on the ground. When she tore open the gold and brown wrapping paper to reveal her...

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Written by Silverio Gonzalez
Monday, 18 September 2017 18:00

Blind Hearts

“Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart.” (Ephesians 4:18)

It is a tragedy for a person to have blinded eyes but infinitely worse to have a blinded heart. No one ever...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Monday, 18 September 2017 17:03

Christian Worldview

George Stiekes

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God(Romans 12:2).

Ken Ham wrote: “Statistical research shows that approximately two-thirds of young people in America...

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Written by George Stiekes
Monday, 18 September 2017 17:00

“Daniel” in Select Codices

I have written elsewhere on the (in)significance of the codex for determining the boundaries of an ancient’s canon of Scripture. Probably, historical anachronism has occurred, and we have foisted the significance of our modern, printed Bible on to the ancient codex. So what is the value of...

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Written by John Meade
Monday, 18 September 2017 16:00

New Books in the PRTS Library

One of the privileges of working at PRTS is the weekly arrival of new books to supplement our library of 70,000+ books. Here are some of the new selections this week.

Note: Inclusion in the library does not necessarily mean endorsement of contents. We often have to buy books to help students with...

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Written by David Murray
Monday, 18 September 2017 15:15

Being Part of the Cuddle

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It almost never fails. We are lying in bed - my wife and my son and I - when my son will say, “I want you to cuddle with mommy.” It is one of those precious moments that families have and cherish. My son wants to see my wife and I love each other. He wants to be bask in the...

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Written by Adam Kareus
Monday, 18 September 2017 15:10

Fervent for Grace

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In January of 2013, our family moved to Houston. It was cool and rainy as we arranged our belongings in our rented town home. The four of us had never shared such tight living quarters. Our kitchen could comfortably only hold one of us at a time. The majority of our furniture was relegated to a...

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Written by Steve Bezner
Monday, 18 September 2017 15:05

September 19: The Standards of the Presbyterian Church

The Westminster Standards are the Standards of the Presbyterian Churchby Rev. David T. Myers

We have already considered the meeting which took place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania which stopped an impending schism in the infant Presbyterian Church by The Adopting Act of 1729, as...

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Written by archivist
Monday, 18 September 2017 15:00

Are You Going on With Jesus?

You are those who have continued with Me in My trials. —Luke 22:28

It is true that Jesus Christ is with us through our temptations, but are we going on with Him through His temptations? Many of us turn back from going on with Jesus from the very moment we have an experience of what He can do....

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Written by RSS | My Utmost For His Highest
Monday, 18 September 2017 15:00

Asking Better Questions in Small Group Discussions

Written by: Melissa Kruger

image There's a lot to be concerned about when leading a Bible study or small group. The group may be inconsistent in attendance. They may be slow to open up to one another. They might ask questions about the Bible that you don't know the answer to. But there's one...

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Written by Melissa Kruger
Monday, 18 September 2017 15:00

2 Samuel 15; 2 Corinthians 8; Ezekiel 22; Psalm 69

Written by: Don Carson

2 Samuel 15; 2 Corinthians 8; Ezekiel 22; Psalm 69

THE LONGEST SUSTAINED ENCOURAGEMENT in the New Testament to give money is found in 2 Corinthians 8-9. Today I shall reflect on some of the emphases in 2 Corinthians 8.

(1) Paul encourages the Corinthians to give by referring to...

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Written by Don Carson